HR 450 = To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws: SCUTTLED.
Gee. Which one would any sane person think should pass? Which one DID pass? If you are aware that the mandatory service/Hitler Youth bill was the one that passed, you are following the perfidy of Congress very well these days. As for HR 450: Nancy Pelosi, ever true to her tawdry image, scuttled it by sending it off to the Judiciary Committee for an unspecified amount of time...in other words--she killed it. We should all call our Reps and let them know they MUST petition for it to be passed, if indeed any of them listens these days. For all intents and purposes, however, it appears that they do not, as I have not recently heard of any satisfactory response to a constituent from any government official or politician. Given that, against the approval of 99% of the American people, they passed both the Bailout bill and the Slave bill, it is not prudent to think that petitioning them on such a small matter as adherence to the Constitution would give them any cause to respond other than send inane form letters and do what they please.
[For a thorough rundown on HR 450, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-
Text of H.R. 450: Enumerated Powers ActWell, that about says it all as far as Congress goes. The ONE bill that MIGHT have shed a ray of hope into our hearts has been scuttled by Nancy Pelosi. God forbid Congress should have to be accountable to the point that they adhere to the Constitution when they introduce and pass bills. Clearly, Nancy & Co., know all too well that NOTHING they have done would pass muster under our Constitution, so the only way around THAT is to scuttle any bill that tries to mandate that our laws abide by it. It would be laughable if it werent' so terribly sad and frightening. Well...the People are marching...and the tumbrils roll. Proceed against the Constitution at your own peril, Congress...or whoever you are...
This version: Introduced in House. This is the original text of the bill as it was written by its sponsor and submitted to the House for consideration. This is the latest version of the bill available on this website.
HR 450 IH
To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 9, 2009
Mr. SHADEGG introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
A BILL To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘Enumerated Powers Act’.
SEC. 2. SPECIFICATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY FOR ENACTMENT OF LAW.
(a) Constitutional Authority for This Act- This Act is enacted pursuant to the power granted Congress under article I, section 8, clause 18, of the United States Constitution and the power granted to each House of Congress under article I, section 5, clause 2, of the United States Constitution.
(b) Constitutional Authority Statement Required- Chapter 2 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 102 the following new section:
‘Sec. 102a. Constitutional authority clause
‘Each Act of Congress shall contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act. The failure to comply with this section shall give rise to a point of order in either House of Congress. The availability of this point of order does not affect any other available relief.’
(c) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 2 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 102 the following new item:
‘102a. Constitutional authority clause.’
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